Ocean Spray plans to open New Brunswick cranberry operation
LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. American cranberry co-operative will be expanding to Canada’s New Brunswick, investing $90 million in a new operation and creating about 100 new jobs. The company, which produces two-thirds of the world’s cranberry supply, plans on developing approximately 3,200 hectares of farmland.
Ocean Spray has submitted an environmental impact assessment registration with the Department of Environment. The cranberry maker says it is experiencing a higher demand for cranberries and needs more fruit.
Gerald Richard, president of the New Brunswick Cranberry Growers Association, is excited about what Ocean Spray’s new operation may mean for the area. “My hope is that they will also bring expertise and more specialized equipment. We know that Ocean Spray invests a lot of money in research and development,” he said. “I’m hoping with them in the area they’ll be able to share that information with us and make our industry even better.”
Kellogg releases global corporate responsibility report
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Kellogg Co. Wednesday released its first global Corporate Responsibility Report, offering a schematic of the company’s future plans, challenges and progress in the areas of community, environment, marketplace and workplace, reports said this week.
“Corporate responsibility has always been at the foundation of Kellogg Co. and a key part of our heritage and culture,” David Mackay, president and CEO of Kellogg Co. said in a statement. “More than a century after our founding, we remain a company consumers rely on to provide consistent, high-quality, great-tasting foods. Now more than ever, it’s important to do so while minimizing environmental impacts and positively addressing global challenges. Our customers, consumers, investors, and other stakeholders expect it of us — and we expect it of ourselves.”
Kellogg Co. said that it based the standards for its global responsibility report on the Global Reporting InitiativeG3 Guidelines used to draw a grid for this type of reporting. Kellogg claims a level of B on the GRI-checked application.
The company has made a commitment to being more environmentally friendly and putting an emphasis on sustainable practices, reports said. For example, Kellogg has set a goal of reducing its energy usage, greenhouse gas emission output, water use and waste by 15% to 20% by 2015. The company is also placing a focus on more support for sustainable agriculture.
The entire report can be found at http://www.kelloggcompany.com/corporateresponsibility.aspx.
Supervalu launches in-store nutrition ratings system
MINNEAPOLIS One of the largest supermarket operators in the country has launched a nutrition information program designed to advise customers on food choices.
Supervalu said its “nutrition IQ” program uses the Food and Drug Administration Nutrient Content Claims as a framework to determine the nutritional benefits of items that pass a set of qualifying criteria and are, at the base level, more healthful. The system uses color-coded shelf tags, with orange indicating foods rich in fiber, blue indicating foods rich in calcium, purple indicating low-calorie foods, red indicating low saturated fat content and so forth.
Supervalu plans to implement the program at its stores nationwide, including Albertsons, Cub Foods, Hornbachers, Jewel-Osco and others.